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Support Fight Against Galamsey – Lands Minister tells MDCEs


The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abu Jinapor, has urged Municipal and District Chief Executives (MDCEs) in the Western Region to support the fight against illegal mining popularly known as Galamsey.

He made the call during a meeting with the MDCEs at the Atlantic Hotel in Takoradi on Monday evening, April 26, 2021.

The Western Regional Minister, Kwabena Otchere-Darko Mensah, disclosed that there were nine mining districts in the Western Region.

The MDCEs were drawn from the nine mining districts including Amanfe East, Amanfe West and Takoradi.

Mr. Jinapor begun his two working visit of the Western Region on Monday, April 26.

Earlier on Monday, the Lands Minister held talks with Mr. Otchere-Darko Mensah, the Western Regional security council and the Omanhene of Essikado Traditional Area, Nana Kobina Nketiah IV.

The Minister is in the Western Region to see at first hand, mining activities in the Region.

High on the agenda for discussions during his visit is the fight against Galamsey or illegal mining.

According to Mr. Jinapor, “the meeting with the MDCEs is arguably the most important meeting that I have had so far in the region.”

He indicated the important roles MDCEs have to play in enduring compliance with mining laws.

He stated that if the MDCEs stand up to ensure that the laws of Ghana are enforced and respect “I believe 80 percent of the work would have been done.”

“We cannot resolve illegal small scale mining overnight,” he said.

However, he noted that there were two critical areas which the President wants attention to be paid to namely river bodies and forest reserves.

According to him, river bodies and forest reserves are “those we have classified as big red zones.

From Friday, April 30, 2021, he said no company should be allowed to enter forest reserves to do prospecting.


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